Atticus Review just created a new column called “Rolling Papers Revue” that is dedicated to the essential opening lines of written works. Guess what? The first volume includes The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes! Check it out!
This is so cool that they thought The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes has a strong opening. Like them, I believe a strong opening is critical for a book. Who can forget a book with a strong opening? Like these:
“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
“Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.” The Stranger, Albert Camus
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables.” Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Loving books with a strong opening as I do, I was just thrilled to see Dan Cafaro include my book in his very first discussion for this column. It’s an honor. It’s such an honor, you should think about checking out the book on Amazon.
On an additional note, I was sort of on this list twice. Also included is Small Batch: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry, in which a poem of mine appears. He wasn’t talking about my poem specifically, but I’ll count that as a double win anyway.